By default, WhatsApp chats are protected by end-to-end encryption. This means that only the devices to which you send and receive messages can read your texts. But what if you want to go further? In the near future, you can make sure no one can read your messages after a certain amount of time.
WhatsApp is currently working on a feature that destroys messages after a set amount of time. The new option "disappearing messages" was first reported by WABetaInfo. Currently, the feature is intended for group chats only. Based on screenshots of WABetaInfo, you can enable the "Fading messages" option in a group's settings and choose to hide messages after five seconds or one hour.
Although no schedule for release has been set for this feature, we hope WhatsApp will translate them into individual chats and will include additional expiration times. The telegram, for example, offers a multitude of expiry times of one to 15 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute, one hour, one day or one week. It is unfair to judge a function at this early stage of development, so we are giving WhatsApp the opportunity to approach Telegram's precedent in this area.
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